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By Phil Piemonte

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And they're off!

After having endured a month or more of grim budget news, we were looking for a way to turn some lemons into lemonade. And we came up with this…

As you may or may not know, each year the Partnership for Public Service goes through a lot of data to rank federal agencies and come up with a list of The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

We were looking at the top 20 “best places to work” from the groups’ 2010 list, and we realized that 2011 is a far different year from a budget perspective. Leaner budgets could have a significant effect on a lot of federal agencies — and maybe on this year’s rankings.

We figured you might have some ideas on that.

So we decided to ask you — as part of an unrelated and wholly unscientific effort — to select the agency you think will come out on top of this year’s list.

In honor of Kentucky Derby Day, we’ve made it a “horse race,” and posted a “betting ticket” on the Federal Daily website, where you can vote for your winning agency and track the race as more votes come in.

Take a look. Cast a vote. Then watch 'em run.

C’mon. What could it hurt?

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Apr 27, 2011 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Wed, May 4, 2011 Serving the Public for 32 years

The best agencies hire managers that have sound leadership skills and develop you, give you visibility and encourage your success. Like Corporate America, the Federal Government likes to hire people with impressive credentials and often forget to take into consideration their interpersonal or leadership skills or lack thereof. In all things, you are as good as your leader. Let's all do a better job of developing great leaders, the rest will follow.

Tue, May 3, 2011

What about the Department of Veterans Affairs, it's a great place to work!

Thu, Apr 28, 2011 Milwaukee

Tired Fed has got to be kidding, I have worked for the DOD for the past 35 years and usually with the same bunch of people and believe me the Good Old Boy System is well intrenched here in SC, in fact we are having an IG focus group hearings this week and I said that was my biggest complaint. Here it is if you are a friend or a friend of a friend you get hired or promoted but if you have been saving their a--es for the past 35 years but don't kiss backsides you can forget a promotion.

Wed, Apr 27, 2011 Jack

Sure, it's not fair to load the budget problems on the back of the federal employees...I'm one, sure I'll do my part to help out. Get it together, you jabronee's in DC!!!

Wed, Apr 27, 2011 Tired Fed

The grass is always greener on the other side. I think most Feds think that the OTHER agencies have it best. At least I've seen defectors leaving here for other agencies. Having worked for 3 different federal agencies during my career, all of them have their issues. DOD wasn't bad - at least I didn't see the 'good ol' boy' network of hiring and promoting. But the their closing bases and moving civilian employees around wasn't ideal. I don't think I've found the best yet.

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